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Shooting victim suspected of extorting shooter’s family

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. — Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) arrested and booked Wade Ray Dickerson into Whatcom County Jail today, February 17th, and charged him with 2 counts of suspicion of bribe receiving by a witness, a class B felony.

According to an affidavit of probable cause prepared by WCSO and submitted in Whatcom County Superior Court by prosecutors, Dickerson is suspected of contacting a family member of a man suspected of shooting Dickerson, Scott Richard Baker. During these contacts, Dickerson reportedly asked for $150,000 and in return would say that Baker did not shoot him.

The family member contacted WCSO and reported the initial and later contacts. No money was said to have been provided.

Dickerson did not deny making the contacts when questioned. He also admitted to asking for the money but said while they were in jail together Baker had said to do it because he felt bad about shooting him. It was determined the 2 men were never housed in custody together.

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Baker was arrested July 15, 2021, after Dickerson was found shot at a residence on Mount Baker Highway and Baker was located attempting to flee via Valley Highway near Acme. WCSO arrested and booked Scott Richard Baker, age 53 at the time, into Whatcom County Jail charged with suspicion of 1st degree attempted murder along with eluding and misdemeanor hit and run.

Baker’s case has been stalled in the court while awaiting a competency evaluation and subsequent capacity/competency hearing. According to court records, he has yet to have an arraignment hearing where he can enter his plea. He remains in custody pending being able to provide a $1,000,000 bond.

Dickerson pled guilty to a charge of felony harassment in November 2021 after he verbally threatened a deputy while being transported to the jail after being arrested for 4th degree assault (domestic violence) in September 2021. He was sentenced to 364 days in custody with 304 days suspended.


  1. Gary February 18, 2022

    Threatening a deputy and domestic violence, and he gets 60 days? Good thing he wasn’t Black and carrying Skittles.

  2. Paula R Roberts February 20, 2022

    Thank you for getting him off the streets. Please keep him. [She] was my neighbor a few years ago.. Thank you so much.

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